Arena Football 2 Attendance 2006 to 2009

One of the defining characteristics of Minor Sports Leagues is that they play to smaller crowds of fans. Minor-Leagues.com has compiled a series of posts that provides details of attendance figures.

Arena Football 2 is a game played indoors on a smaller field than American or Canadian outdoor football, resulting in a faster and higher-scoring game. The sport was invented in 1981, and patented in 1987, by James F. Foster, Jr., a former executive of the National Football League and the United States Football League. Though not the only variant of indoor American football, it is the most widely known, and the one on which most other forms of modern indoor football are at least partially based.

The AF2, which started play in 2000 and ceased when its strongest teams was folded into a new Arena Football League in 2010. Like most other minor sports leagues, the AF2 existed to develop football players and also to help players adapt to the style and pace of arena football. In addition, the AF2 was similar to other minor leagues because AF2 teams played in smaller cities and smaller venues. While the AFL was played in cities like Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Dallas, and Chicago, the AF2 fielded teams in cities which are part of metropolitan statistical areas ranging in size from Milwaukee (with 1,739,497 residents) to Albany, Georgia (with 164,000 residents).

League Sport Season # of Teams Team Change Games Games Change Total Attendance TA Change Average Attendance AA Change Source
AF2 (Arena Football League 2) (AAA) Arena Football 2006 23 USA untracked 184 untracked 922,079 untracked 5,038 untracked ArenaFan
AF2 (Arena Football League 2) (AAA) Arena Football 2007 31 USA 34.78% 248 34.78% 1,126,861 22.21% 4,695 -6.81% ArenaFan
AF2 (Arena Football League 2) (AAA) Arena Football 2008 29 USA -6.45% 232 -6.45% 1,049,402 -6.87% 4,705 0.21% ArenaFan
AF2 (Arena Football League 2) (AAA) Arena Football 2009 26 USA -10.34% 208 -10.34% 867,970 -17.29% 4,641 -1.36% ArenaFan

In 2010 AF2 was dissolved and the strongest franchises became part of a new major Indoor Football league called “Arena Football One”. Legally, Arena Football One, now doing business as the Arena Football League, is an entity independent of the original Arena Football League and AF2 and is made up of former AFL and AF2 teams with several new teams and one team from another league. Unlike the previous Arena Football League and AF2, the new AFL was an entity-model league in which the league owns the individual teams and hires local management groups to operate them, rather than the traditional North American sports league model where each team is a separate business and the league is a non-profit association formed and controlled by the various team owners in order to co-ordinate and govern operations.

Arena Football Attendance 2006 to 2013

One of the defining characteristics of Minor Sports Leagues is that they play to smaller crowds of fans. Minor-Leagues.com has compiled a series of posts that provides details of attendance figures.

The Arena Football League is a game played indoors on a smaller field than American or Canadian outdoor football, resulting in a faster and higher-scoring game. The sport was invented in 1981, and patented in 1987, by James F. Foster, Jr., a former executive of the National Football League and the United States Football League. Though not the only variant of indoor American football, it is the most widely known, and the one on which most other forms of modern indoor football are at least partially based.

The AFL, which started play in 1987 and resumed play under new ownership in 2010. The league has historically had a nationwide footprint and has been recognized as the most prominent professional indoor league in North America, offering higher payment, more widespread media exposure, and a longer history than competing leagues.

League Sport Season # of Teams Team Change Games Games Change Total Attendance TA Change Average Attendance AA Change Source
AFL (Arena Football League) Arena Football 2006 18 USA untracked 144 untracked 1,782,504 untracked 12,379 untracked ArenaFan
AFL (Arena Football League) Arena Football 2007 19 USA 5.56% 144 0.00% 1,887,054 5.87% 12,415 0.29% ArenaFan
AFL (Arena Football League) Arena Football 2008 17 USA -10.53% 136 -5.56% 1,762,263 -6.61% 12,957 4.37% ArenaFan
AFL (Arena Football League) Arena Football 2010 15 USA -11.76% 120 -11.76% 976,307 -44.60% 8,135 -37.22% ArenaFan
AFL (Arena Football League) Arena Football 2011 18 USA 20.00% 162 35.00% 1,335,058 36.75% 8,241 1.30% ArenaFan
AFL (Arena Football League) Arena Football 2012 17 USA -5.56% 152 -6.17% 1,191,844 -10.73% 7,841 -4.85% ArenaFan
AFL (Arena Football League) Arena Football 2013 14 USA -17.65% 126 -17.11% 1,032,636 -13.36% 8,195 4.51% ArenaFan

The AFL did not play a season in 2009 because of financial instability. The AFL suspended the entire 2009 season in order to create “a long-term plan to improve its economic model.” In doing so, the AFL became the second sports league to cancel an entire season, after the National Hockey League cancelled the 2004–05 season because of a lockout. The AFL also became the third sports league to lose its postseason (the first being Major League Baseball, which lost its postseason in 1994 because of a strike). Arena Football maintained some presence in 2009 through the AF2, the AFL’s farm league.

In 2010 AF2 was dissolved and the strongest franchises became part of a new major Indoor Football league called “Arena Football One”. Legally, Arena Football One, now doing business as the Arena Football League, is an entity independent of the original Arena Football League and AF2 and is made up of former AFL and AF2 teams with several new teams and one team from another league. Unlike the previous Arena Football League and AF2, the new AFL was an entity-model league in which the league owns the individual teams and hires local management groups to operate them, rather than the traditional North American sports league model where each team is a separate business and the league is a non-profit association formed and controlled by the various team owners in order to co-ordinate and govern operations.

American Hockey League Attendance 2006 to 2013

One of the defining characteristics of Minor Sports Leagues is that they play to smaller crowds of fans. Minor-Leagues.com has compiled a series of posts that provides details of attendance figures.

The American Hockey League is an affiliate professional hockey league founded in 1936. The league consists of 30-teams based in the United States and Canada that serves as the primary developmental league for the National Hockey League (NHL). Since the 2010–11 season, every team in the league has an affiliation agreement with an NHL team; before then, one or two NHL teams would not have an AHL affiliate and so assigned players to AHL teams affiliated with other NHL teams. Twenty-seven AHL teams are located in the United States and the remaining three are in Canada.

Below is the fan attendance for the entire league from 2006 to 2013.

League Sport Season # of Teams Team Change Games Games Change Total Attendance TA Change Average Attendance AA Change Source
AHL (American Hockey League) (AAA) Ice Hockey 2005-06 27 (24 USA 3 CAN) untracked 1,080 untracked 5,926,660 untracked 5,487 untracked Lennier
AHL (American Hockey League) (AAA) Ice Hockey 2006-07 27 (24 USA 3 CAN) 0.00% 1,080 0.00% 5,909,687 -0.29% 5,472 -0.27% Lennier
AHL (American Hockey League) (AAA) Ice Hockey 2007-08 29 (26 USA 3 CAN) 0.00% 1,060 -1.85% 6,112,703 3.44% 5,270 -3.70% Lennier
AHL (American Hockey League) (AAA) Ice Hockey 2008-09 29 (26 USA 3 CAN) 0.00% 1,060 0.00% 5,933,381 -2.93% 5,115 -2.93% Lennier
AHL (American Hockey League) (AAA) Ice Hockey 2009-10 29 (26 USA 3 CAN) 0.00% 1,160 9.43% 5,915,480 -0.30% 5,100 -0.30% Lennier
AHL (American Hockey League) (AAA) Ice Hockey 2010-11 30 (27 USA 3 CAN) 3.45% 1,200 3.45% 6,455,951 9.14% 5,380 5.50% Lennier
AHL (American Hockey League) (AAA) Ice Hockey 2011-12 30 (27 USA 3 CAN) 0.00% 1,140 -5.00% 6,426,934 -0.45% 5,638 4.79% Lennier
AHL (American Hockey League) (AAA) Ice Hockey 2012-13 30 (27 USA 3 CAN) 0.00% 1,140 0.00% 6,509,893 1.29% 5,710 1.28% Lennier

The American Hockey League is populated by NHL Team prospects and Free Agents recruited from colleges, junior leagues, and other minor leagues. Since each of the AHL Teams is affiliated with a NHL Team, the primary focus is on player development and not as much on team success.

American Association Attendance 2006 to 2013

One of the defining characteristics of Minor Sports Leagues is that they play to smaller crowds of fans. Minor-Leagues.com has compiled a series of posts that provides details of attendance figures.

The American Association of Independent Professional Baseball (AA) is an independent professional baseball league founded in 2005. It operates in the states of Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Texas, along with the Canadian province of Manitoba, mostly in cities not served by MLB teams or their minor league affiliates.

Below is the fan attendance for the entire league from 2006 to 2013.

League Sport Season # of Teams Team Change Games Games Change Total Attendance TA Change Average Attendance AA Change Source
American Association (Ind) Baseball 2006 10 USA untracked 460 untracked 1,298,521 untracked 2,823 untracked http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2007_Minor_League_PDF.pdf
American Association (Ind) Baseball 2007 10 USA 0.00% 451 -1.94% 1,318,841 1.56% 2,924 3.58% http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2007_Minor_League_PDF.pdf
American Association (Ind) Baseball 2008 10 USA 0.00% 455 0.89% 1,506,665 14.24% 3,311 13.24% http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2009_Minor_League_Analysis.pdf
American Association (Ind) Baseball 2009 10 USA 0.00% 470 3.27% 1,482,214 -1.62% 3,154 -4.74% http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2009_Minor_League_Analysis.pdf
American Association (Ind) Baseball 2010 10 USA 0.00% 455 -3.19% 1,227,518 -17.18% 2,698 -14.46% http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2011_Minor_League_Analysis.pdf
American Association (Ind) Baseball 2011 14 (13 USA 1 CAN) 40.00% 686 50.78% 2,162,269 76.15% 3,152 16.83% http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2011_Minor_League_Analysis.pdf
American Association (Ind) Baseball 2012 13 (12 USA 1 CAN) -7.14% 639 -6.85% 2,244,238 3.79% 3,512 11.42% http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2013_Minor_League_Analysis.pdf
American Association (Ind) Baseball 2013 13 (12 USA 1 CAN) 0.00% 626 -2.05% 2,150,031 -4.20% 3,435 -2.19% http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2013_Minor_League_Analysis.pdf

The American Association recruits college, ex-major and ex-minor league players. Former affiliated-league players that get injured or have other circumstances join the AA as an opportunity to get resigned by major league organizations. Other players consist of college players that were not drafted into MiLB, but seek the opportunity to be seen by major league scouts and possibly get signed by major league organizations. Other former MLB players join the AA as a way to stay involved in baseball after their career as a major league player, often as coaches and managers.

What makes a Minor Sports League?

A Minor Sports League is simply a sports league that is not one of the Big Four Leagues (MLB, NHL, NFL, NBA). Minor Sports Leagues (minor-leagues.com) is dedicated to tracking these sporting ventures despite their obscurity.

Minor Sports Leagues are not one of the Big Four Leagues because:

  • They have smaller amount of fans in attendance to their games.
  • The scale and travel of the league tends to focus on a smaller geographic area.
  • They have players that do not have (inter)national celebrity status.
  • They have teams and logos that are not (inter)nationally recognized.
  • The revenue the teams and league generates is much less.
  • The salary pay for players, coaches, and support staff is much less.
  • There is little or no cable television Coverage is much less or nil. If there is any coverage, it might be streamed through the internet.
  • The skill of the players for the Top and Low Minor Leagues are not as good.
  • The sport itself if its played by Women or is an Alternative sport may be considered obscure.

Being a Minor Sports League means that dreams of being a Major League Sport is or has been the basis of its formation. Even in the Low Minor Leagues the players may not be realistically able to play in the Majors but they reflect on and are inspired by what they see taking place in the Majors.